UFC 260 is here. The heavyweight title rematch fans have been dying to see is ready to kick off from Las Vegas on Saturday night when champion Stipe Miocic takes on top contender Francis Ngannou in the main event.
Miocic is coming off a trilogy battle with Daniel Cormier over the last three years where he won two of the three meetings. This after Miocic tamed the beast in Ngannou in 2018 for a unanimous decision win.
Meanwhile, the rest of the card may not offer a ton of name value, but there’s still interesting things to peruse when looking for bets to make. Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is looking to end a three-fight losing skid when he faces fast rising contender Vicente Luque, who has 17 stoppages in 19 victories.
Plus, knockout artist “Suga” Sean O’Malley is back and looking to get in the win column again when he faces veteran Thomas Almeida.
While moneyline and straight bets on fights can be fun, we’re here to help with some of the top prop offerings available for this 10-fight card event. There’s plenty of value to be found when you start digging deep into all the options offered around a fight. Let’s take a closer look at the three best bets for Saturday night with the latest odds from William Hill Sportsbook.
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We have somewhat recent data to pull from with the meeting between the two in January 2018. We saw then that Miocic could land a lot of clean, heavy punches and Ngannou’s chin held up. Ngannou also cracked Miocic and the champion was able to take it, but Miocic has been knocked out twice, and neither Daniel Cormier or Stefan Struve hit as hard as Ngannou.
All that said, you have to go back to April 2016 to find a fight Ngannou won after the two-minute mark. And you won’t find a single fight he won after the second round ended. If Miocic follows his same path to victory as the first fight, utilizing his wrestling, the odds of the decision tick up considerably. Similarly, with every minute that goes by in the fight, the odds increase.
A knockout either direction would not surprise — which is why the odds are what they are — but the chances that Miocic grinds out the decision feel stronger than the 18% implied odds that +450 represents.